Evening all. I'm not in a position to say much right now, for two reasons. The first is that I'm at my parents en route from Manchester to a 1930's garden party themed wedding in Hereford (cravat ahoy!).
The second is that I simply don't know what I CAN say about the gig I was at last night: Elbow and the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgwater Hall in Manchester. Specially arranged and orchestrated by the Halle's Joe Duddell, the gig was part of the 2009 Manchester International Festival. It was, to say the least, an event.
Put simply I'm not sured I've ever been so overwhelmingly moved in a huge variety of ways by an evening of music in my life. At the interval, after the immense first half, Mrs Frod, myself and our two companions all agreed that we felt like we had been 'catharsised'. I was in bits during 'Switching Off' and '...Tower Crane Driver' defied belief.
The arrangements were sensitive and inventive. The orchestral additions and adaptations were thematically appropriate and musically rich. The whole crowd knew they were witnessing something special (even a rather passive R. Wainwright, sitting near us, was roused by it all in the end) and the communal sense of a tangible occasion was a real treat to experience.
Plus, to top it all, Guy Garvey was gracious enough to admit that winning the title of 'Spill album of the year 2008 had really made the whole thing worthwhile for the band...
If you don't believe me, you can read Dave Simpson's five star review on the Guardian right now. I think the Indo gave it five too. The only slight downside is that music may now have been ruined for me forever. But we'll see how that goes.